Friday, December 28, 2012

Mission (Toy) Organization

The past couple of days have been a mixture of relaxing, playing, Today show watching, pajama wearing and TOY ORGANIZING.  Kind of perfect, really. 

A certain little lady lucked out in the toy department this Christmas, which has led to lots of tweaking in the playroom.  Actually, play areas, not playroom.  I've been creating various nooks throughout our main living space. 

A couple of years ago I took an online course through Playful Learning, (thanks, Asha, for the recommendation!) and it was all about creating playful spaces for kids.  At the time, I was creating spaces for my kindergarten students so it's exciting to finally think about spaces for my own daughter.  One thing that stuck with me was to use nooks and crannies throughout your house, so that's what I've been trying to do for Charley.

I started by changing out some toys in her playroom nook.  Now there are soft stacking cups and a wooden bird house.

Next, I gathered her felt fruit basket, a wooden fruit and vegetable book, and a cash register to create a little grocery store nook in the kitchen.  I added a round rug to make it cozy.  Actually, it's another $10 bath mat from Target.  I can't get enough of those things.  They are perfect for small spaces and they're already non-skid, unlike a lot of rugs.

This is probably my favorite nook so far because Charley loves to follow me into the kitchen, and instead of heading straight for Libby's water bowl, she stops to buy some fruit at the grocery store first.

Now onto the family room.  Charley got a few dolls and stuffed animals for Christmas so I gave them a comfy felt basket to live in next to a basket full of books.

And finally, the far side of the couch creates the perfect nook for Charley to play.  I bought an inexpensive sheepskin rug a while ago for this space.  I decided to turn it into somewhat of a musical area with her new instruments and jumbo music block.

So that's how I've been spending my time off of work.  Hopefully this weekend I'll tackle some other projects on my list.  Happy Friday! Pin It

1 comment:

  1. These are terrific ideas! We don't have a playroom. Now I can't wait to try incorporating these play spaces. Thanks so much!